Derek Llambias Defends Andy Carroll – Why?

There was a strange defense of former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll yesterday,  from Newcastle Managing Director Derek LLambias.

Llambias with Ashley – out of touch with Newcastle fans?

Writing in the program notes before the 2-1 home win against Birmingham yesterday, Derek defended the player, and thought the treatment he received from Newcastle fans at Liverpool was uncalled for.

This is what Llambias said:

“I was disappointed with the very negative treatment some of our supporters gave our former number nine Andy Carroll. Andy faced a barrage of insults from a section of fans in the stadium which he most certainly did not deserve.”

“The abuse he received was difficult to stomach after everything Andy brought to our club, and I only hope he didn’t pay too much attention to the taunts being directed at him from the stands. To go from hero to villain simply for moving clubs, which is just part and parcel of football, is beyond me.”

“Andy is a Geordie lad and a lifelong Newcastle United supporter. He worked his socks off for this football club over the years, eventually reaching the ultimate goal in landing the much-coveted number nine shirt.”

“The 11 goals he scored for us this season have helped stabilize the club in the Premier League. Andy should be applauded for the great things he helped us achieve at Newcastle. I speak for everyone at the club when I say he will always be welcomed back at St James’ Park with open arms.”

If that’s all true then why did Andy leave?

And Derek’s statement will not stop Andy from getting more abuse when he returns next season in Liverpool colors.

If what we have been told by the club and Alan Pardew in particular is true – that Andy left for the big money at Liverpool – then Newcastle fans have every right to criticize one of their own for deserting the ship.

And it’s no secret that Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias are completely out of touch with Newcastle fans, although we also know that Andy was very popular in the dressing room.

It just seems strange to us that Derek would come out and defend Andy, since the more astute thing to have done would have been to say nothing.

But the two men at the top of Newcastle right now seem to have no idea about public relations, and it seems to us they’ll never ever have the support of the Newcastle faithful.

That’s unfortunate but likely to be very true, but we still hope Newcastle can build a decent side in the next couple of seasons.

We all have to move on from the Andy Carroll sale too, which upset an awful lot of Newcastle fans, but it’s over and done with now.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • Enigma

    May 8, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #1


    Bloody charlatan doesn’t have a clue.

    Think of the great things he’d still be doing if he was still wearing the shirt, if ashleys helicopter wasn’t waiting on deadline day.

    But nevermind it’s over with now, just keep your mouth shut llambias…

  • toonfan09

    May 8, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #2

    probably to leave the door open for him to return u never know he might see his contract out at liverpool then come back

  • joe

    May 8, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Circumstances in which AC left must not be as acrimonious as most of us think. Just a simple case of “they’re offering stupid cash for you, we’re accepting it. Do you wanna go?” OK.

  • sweendog

    May 8, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #4

    its because they made 35 mill off him so they love Carroll .. whereas us fans see a player who jumped ship for more money

  • dougski

    May 8, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #5

    I just love in the countless stories Ed has wrote about Carroll he mentions its over with now and we must move on. Well then stop writing about him then, he’s a geordie he massive money which when these fifa regulations come in clubs will be clamping down on and thought f**k this I better go while I still can. No real loyalty unfortunately but its work for these guys now not for the love of the game. Let’s pat him on the back thank him for his goal keeping us up this season and getting us promoted last season and move on! The ginolas the ferdinands they left and we carried on champs league and euro football, I’m sure we can get back to that! Not one player is bigger than newcastle! NUFC FOREVER! HWTL!!!!

  • Rotonda heights

    May 8, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #6

    The creep is just trying to defelect blame and make himself look good.

  • fungus44

    May 8, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #7

    Palacios has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane this summer after an underwhelming campaign in which he has slipped behind Tom Huddlestone and Sandro in the pecking order.

    And although some Italian clubs have already expressed an interest in the Honduran, Harry Redknapp is keen to use him to test the Magpies’ resolve to keep star man Tiote – who only signed a new deal in February.

    Newcastle have money to spend this summer, thanks to their January sale of striker Andy Carroll to Liverpool for £35million.

    But owner Mike Ashley and boss Alan Pardew may be tempted to take up Tottenham’s offer, if the Londoners present a cash package of more than £8million alongside Palacios.

    Meanwhile, Tiote – who scored Newcastle’s equalizer in their amazing 4-4 draw with Arsenal earlier this year – has spoken of his continuing good form at St James’ Park and praised his team-mates for their support.

    ‘I am not surprised [by how well we’ve done] because we work together and we have grown in confidence together,’ he said.

    ‘If you do well against a big club you have confidence, and this year we have done well.’

  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 8, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #8

    WT ever the reason they sold andy it foremu matter now cause now they have to re invest tat money to INCREASE the squad depth

  • veto

    May 8, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #9

    nice way of spinning the the fact they sold a homegrown player for hella profit .
    untill that moneys invested back into the club its one o the worst thing to happen in the past few years for supporters .
    no fan can be happy unless we see some of that money , and we havent yet and have got padrew begging and whining every other day to the board that we need to .
    nobody worried by the fact he’s contantly reminding the board thru the press we need to spend that cash ? i dont think he’s as confident of getting it as he makes out .

  • Greg B

    May 8, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #10

    As I said yesterday I agree with Llambias – dont get me wrong Carroll was showing great potential and will most likley end up a great player but £35mil for a young lad who is playing his first full season in the Premier League, has been arrested, appeared in court, broke a team mates jaw and had to move in with the club captain is a great bit of business.
    Carroll is one player, a player who can be replaced and as long as the rest of the £35mil is invested in the squad then I cant see a problem.
    I personally wish Carroll all the best (except when they play us) – it boils down to him leaving his home town for one of the biggest clubs in the world, how many of us would turn down that kind of promotion in our regular jobs? I know I wouldnt.

  • PoolieToon

    May 8, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #11

    At least he did wax lyrical about him

  • Lee Dodd

    May 8, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #12

    As Long as Ashley and Del Boy Have a Hole Up There Backside They Will Never be in Touch With Th Fans . Yes It Was a Good Bit of Business Long term Shipping Judas Carroll Out To Scouse Land aslong as The Money Is Invested Properly In The Squad But The Other Daft Things They Have Done They Will Never be Forgiven About !!! They Sit at St James as if There on Another Planet – There Not With The Fans – There With The Creeps Who Kiss There Behinds !!!!!!!!! We Could Be in the Top 6 Now If He had Given Keegan the Rains and Not Had His London Mates With Him !!!!! We Would Have Done Better With Chris Hughton At The Helm. Pardew Talks The Talk But Jeezzz we Need to See it on the Pitch Not off it !!!!! Yesterday We won 2-1 But Crikey We were Very Very Poor .. Shola Needs To Go Out On Loan See How Its Done He was Crap !!!! I Think Jose Enrique is of to Another Club Next Season Now ….As Kev Nolan Gave Him Such a Rocketing second Half Yesterday as if to say You Play For Newcastle United Until The End of The West Brom Game Now get Focused !!!!! He Really Tore Into Him !!!!! Anyway At least Were Safe Now and Lets Look Forward to Next Season !!!! £40 million of New Talent at St James Aswell as the Team we have Now Should Get us Into the Top 6 or 7 This Time in 2012..

  • Stuart

    May 8, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #13

    Lee Dodd, you do realise all the unnecessary capital letter and !!!! and the one chunk of writing puts me right off reading.

    So what is undoubtedly a bile filled idiotic rant about the club in freefall when it isnt, I’ll never know for sure .

  • yskel

    May 8, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #14

    It was disappointing when Andy left us. But it was a great deal for all the parties. 35 million for Andy was just too much for anyone with any sense to turn down.

    For Andy himself, the chance to go and play for Liverpool and nearly double his wages was too good to turn down. I suspect we will see him in a toon shirt again one day anyway.

    That 35m (if it gets re-invested wisely) could pay for improved training facilities and an amazing youth academy and some quality 1st team players. It could be the remaking of this club.

    Plus if we continue to sign players with re-sale value that are talented then eventually we will be able to hold onto our best players. Plus look at it this way. A new young player like Bale comes through would be more likely to choose Newcastle than maybe united,chelsea and to a lesser extent arsenal as they are likely to get more playing time at our club.

    Even if they see us as a stepping stone. As long as they play great whilst they’re here i have not one problem.

    If this trend of signing/producing players that makes us a profit continues then the future is looking very very bright for the club.


    Bassong paid 500k sold 8mill
    Andy C paid 200k (cost of development) sold 35m

    If we continue to find bargins and move them on. Eventually we will have enough in the bank to make our bargaining position even stronger and will be able to rebuff bids.

    It’ll take a few more years. But I genuinely that MA has a good template for our club to succeed now.

  • moonraker

    May 8, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #15

    Llambias just could not resist making a comment cos the gamble paid off in terms of getting 35 mil for AC and not replacing him. If things had gone differently we could have been relegated and they would have looked incompetent.

    I cant think of one other top club who would have gambled without an adequate replacement. Liverpool wouldnt release Torres until they had secured AC; but we did it without a replacement showing how desperate for cash the owner is, ahead of ambition.

    I dont blame AC for going but only an idiot would applaud him for it. After all he wouldnt have starved if he’d stayed and he would have become a legend on Tyneside.

    Ironically I think if we invest the money well; and its a big if; we have the potential to get above Liverpool. We have some very good players atm. better than many realise in Colo, Barton, Tiote, Jose and Guti etc. If Carr comes up with a top striker and 3 other key players we could be top 5 or 6 in no time.

    But do the owners know or do the really care??

  • geordieal

    May 8, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #16

    Nothing was said about Michael Owens abuse, simply the fact the money for Carroll covered anything he would have cost us and more, yet Michael Owen took us to the cleaners and didn’t give a fuck, the likes of Ferdinand an ginola didn’t want to leave Newcastle and will always be welcome back, carrolls greed took him away. He made his own bed, he can sleep in it.

  • yskel

    May 8, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #17

    Oh and to the fans that have a go at Carroll for handing in a transfer request, then you need to stop playing fm and look at how football really works.

    All top players get a loyalty bonus put in their contracts. An amount they are due if the club sell them before the end of their contract or when they sign a renewal with the club. So by handing in the transfer request AC actually made sure that NUFC made the most of transfer.

    I’m so sick of NUFC fans criticising everyone for doing the right thing for our club in the long term.

  • The Entertainers

    May 8, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #18

    What Is it with West Ham supporters talking rubbish about the clubs they work for!
    Best stop there before I’m accused of cockney bashing ! But it’s so easy

  • chuck

    May 8, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #19

    First, Llambias is better able to quote betting odds than understand anything regarding PR.
    An Ashley mouthpiece, who if i thought he had a brain, I would have chalked the AC statement to having a guilty conscious, for having sold him .

    Lee Dodd is a reflection on the dumbing down of our educational institutions and the habit of texting, with abbreviations themselves becoming standardized and replacing the original term.

    Delusional fantasy !
    To-days players are as much a part of the market in general as are the shirts they wear.
    They all have agents, who get the best deals they can for them, professional`s.
    A limited no of years of top earning power and out.
    There`s no time for sentiment regarding clubs or fans, sorry just business!

  • BeeGuy

    May 8, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #20

    DL is no dummy. First he got the club 35 million for Carroll. Now, if AC does well, he will sell more shirts as a Liverpool player than he would have as a Newcastle player. Somewhere along that line, Sports Direct will generate some extra cash. So it is a double win for MA.

  • wynsleap

    May 8, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #21

    Lambsarse knows nothing about this club or how the supporters think and operate.
    He should keep his trap firmly shut and stick to his casino.

  • craig bell

    May 8, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #22

    doesn’t take much to surprise me with ashley n llambias these days, but this did. They really have no idea how to get any support from the fans. I hope so so much we get bought over… soon

  • gazza going fishing

    May 8, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #23

    Chuck and Stuart, the lad supports our club (lee dodd) and is expressing his opinion, which he has a right too, maybe dictators who judge people like your selves need to have a look in the mirror and queistion your own loyalties to the club..


    May 8, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #24

    Lamearse slagging Newcastle fans off for voicing their opinions together !!!!!!!!!!!!

    Does this not tell you the contempt they have for us Geordies! ? He is chastising us like we are little children, the Barsterd !

    They have got their hands on our football club Lad’s and Lasses and they are using it as a plaything ..and then telling us off !

    I want the barterds out of my football club ,the cheeky nasty cockney cheeky barsterd.

    Thay might spend some of the Carroll money in the summer …But if any of the players they buy makes good they will sell them too!

    We are being used ..can anyone see that ?

    And talking of Newcastle fans voicing an opinion towards Andy Carroll…and calling us disgraceful etc..what about ………..

    Lamarse taking all his clothes off and abusing st James’s park sacred ground by showing no respect and streaking!!

    People have their Ashes scattered on our ground and St James’s park is a sacred place ..your a disgrace Lamarse .

    Its ok for him to behave in a disgraceful disrespective manner? and then he slags the Newcastle United supporters ..very very LOYAL Supporters…

    Sir Bobby Robson must be turning if he can see What’s happening to his beloved club.

    You have no respect for us Lambias. Please please leave this club you have got your dirty hand’s on we don’t want you, you cheeky Barsterd.

    Keep this in mind they will buy cheap and if the player does well for us ..he will be sold for the massive profit ..thats all that is going to happen at Newcastle United as long as Ashley is here

    Kevin Keegan Was Totally correct when he said we will never get anywhere under Ashley ..He is so so correct.

    They have got their hands on a football club and it just so happens that it’s Newcastle. And being used as a cash cow.

    What other club would sell their top striker in the Jan transfer window having just been promoted !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    We Have just scraped relegation! they dont give A F***k about we Supporters ..And Lambias slagging us! off !!!! IM angry ..The Cheeky Nasty Barsted Streaker. No respect..

    Wake up ..I want them out. I detest them with a vengence.


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